UMass Mind and the Zentangle Foundation partnered for pilot research to look at the use of the Zentangle Method as art therapy to improve symptoms and daily functioning for individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder. The results were very promising. Preliminary data suggested that practicing the Zentangle Method had a positive impact on psychiatric symptoms and encouraged positive emotions like gratitude and self-accomplishment.
The study is published in the open journal, Frontiers. Click here to read the published results.
When Rick and Maria first began teaching the Zentangle Method, they had no inklings of the "side effects" practicing the Zentangle Method would have. It was from the people that called and sent emails that they began to realize the profound effects the method was having. There have been some formal studies conducted regarding the benefits of the Zentangle Method prior to the founding of the Zentangle Foundation, links can be found by clicking below.
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